News story: Military recognised in Stonewall’s top 100

In only its second year of recognition, the Army has climbed into the top 50 employers, securing position 46 on Stonewall’s workplace equality index.

This significant improvement reflects the progress that has been made in advancing diversity and inclusion right across the military.

The Royal Navy moved to rank 56, up from 79 last year, and the Royal Air Force secured position 91 to also feature in the top 100.

The improvements have placed the entire armed forces in the most gay-friendly list of workplaces in the UK for the very first time.

The announcement comes just days after the Ministry of Defence marked the 15 year anniversary of lesbian, gay and bisexual men and women serving openly in the military.

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Royal Navy personnel on parade during the 2014 London Pride event [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Tim Laurence, Crown copyright]

Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, said:


I’m tremendously proud of this ringing endorsement from Stonewall – our armed forces have worked tirelessly over the last 15 years to become more inclusive employers.

Making sure that our armed forces fully reflect our society is a key objective. And we know that a more diverse organisation is more effective – people perform better when they can be themselves.

That’s why we work hard to attract and retain the most talented individuals, whatever their gender, race or sexual orientation.

So, all 3 services being in the top 100 best places to work for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff, and the Army in the top 50, is truly outstanding.
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Soldiers wait to step off on parade during the 2014 London Pride event [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Tim Laurence, Crown copyright]

Warrant Officer Class 2 Karen Styles, Army LGBT Forum Chair, said:


In the 19 years that I have served in the military I have seen significant progress in the way in which LGBT soldiers are treated.

For example the LGBT Forum, supported by LGBT champions, works hard to support personnel and to promote positive role models both inside and outside the military.

In addition, all 3 services receive regular feedback to ensure our policies are fit for purpose and reflect the real life experiences of our personnel.

The inclusion of all services in this year’s Stonewall Top 100 is a real testament to the armed forces as an open and inclusive employer that is understanding and caring of its people.

Last year the UK armed forces were placed second out of 100 countries in the first ever LGBT Military Index compiled by the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.

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Royal Air Force personnel on parade during the 2014 London Pride event [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Ash Reynolds, Crown copyright]

Both accolades reflect the hard work that has gone into transforming the experience of LGBT personnel over the last 15 years, including:

  • an extensive education programme for leaders at all levels which challenges both conscious and unconscious bias, supported by regular diversity and inclusion training for all personnel
  • all 3 services introducing advice and support networks and vocal senior champions who support the LGBT community. LGBT champions also ensure policies are fit for purpose and that senior leadership have a clear idea of the experiences of LGBT personnel
  • LGBT communities which are very proactive in identifying positive role models and engaging through social media to highlight positive stories. These stories are also promoted in both internal and external communication channels. LGB role models also assist in delivering training, successfully challenging perceptions and negative attitudes
  • recently-introduced sexual orientation monitoring for all service personnel. This will give us a better idea about the composition of our workforce and act as another measure to help identify where we can be more inclusive as an employer

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Jesus ******* wept. Sorry but I don't actually GAF. When will we have awards and recognition for being heterosexual family fathers and mothers who bring up their families despite all of the adversities that military service throws at them?

Give it a rest with the smug, self congratulatory bollox about embracing diversity and concentrate on highlighting SOLDIERS. Whatever their sexual direction FFS.
 

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In only its second year of recognition, the Army has climbed into the top 50 employers, securing position 46 on Stonewall’s workplace equality index.

The Royal Navy moved to rank 56, up from 79 last year, and the Royal Air Force secured position 91 to also feature in the top 100.

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I'm surprised the RAF only came in at 91.
 
"By the left, quick mince..."
 
I have absolutely no interest in what someones sexuality is provided they do their job and don't try to use their sexuality to get preferential treatment. Frankly what they do in their private lives is not my concern, However I don't want it waved in my face.
 
The photographer is called Tim Laurence. Isn't he married to someone rather well known?
 
Bigging up diversity in an organisation that is known for being uniform? No wonder our leaders can't decide how to wear the ******* uniform........
 
I look forward to the day when those people with a sado-masochistic sexual nature are given the right to march in uniform as an organisation. Are heterosexual servicepersons given this right? I smell hypocrisy.
 
In only its second year of recognition, the Army has climbed into the top 50 employers, securing position 46 on Stonewall’s workplace equality index.

This significant improvement reflects the progress that has been made in advancing diversity and inclusion right across the military.

Great. That'll help us to win wars.
 
That's brilliant, but wouldn't greater equality exists if there was no gay pride event? Heterosexuals don't feel the requirement to have their sexuality acknowledged on a yearly basis.

Would it be widely accepted if there was a heterosexual march in uniform?

This is just equality overbalanced.
 

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That's brilliant, but wouldn't greater equality exists if there was no gay pride event? Heterosexuals don't feel the requirement to have their sexuality acknowledged on a yearly basis.

Would it be widely accepted if there was a heterosexual march in uniform?

This is just equality overbalanced.
Excellent idea. We need a heterosexual association. BUT, to make it a tongue tipping acronym, (fnarr, fnarr) we need to sub divide it into - for example - I will only bonk fit birds, then - I will when drunk bonk utter hippopigs, plus the Marines - it's only Gay if you push back and say " Oh yeah, deeper baby". Plus when all deviations have been identified, we need a snappy mnemonic for MOD funding purposes.
 
At least the RAF contingent have the temerity to mince along.
 
At least the RAF contingent have the temerity to mince along.

They can't help themselves.

It was the way they were trained.
 
So Stonewall Jackson was gay?

If I'm honest I only skim read this.


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